House Minority Leader Nacy Pelosi struggled to call President-elect Donald Trump a legitimate President just hours before Trump’s inauguration. More than 60 House Democrats are planning to boycot the inauguration in part because they don’t believe Trump to be a legitimate President due to Russian interference in the election.
NBC’s Willie Geist asked Pelosi if she thought there was danger in saying that Trump was not “legitimate” right before he takes office.
“If it were anybody but John Lewis, it would be a different story,” Pelosi said.
Geist pressed Pelosi on this point again, asking her if questioning Trump’s legitimacy would make it difficult for Democrats to work with the incoming administration.
“I think President-elect Trump has said enough things that might be disqualifying in working together,” Pelosi responded.
“You believe he’s a legitimate president?” Geist pressed.
“I remind you that Hillary Clinton got millions more votes, but it’s the electoral college,” Pelosi said. She then went on to talk about Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski interjected, “So you not so sure.”
Geist pressed Pelosi one last time, “[It] sounds like you don’t totally believe he’s a legitimate President?”
“No, that’s not true. He’s elected by the electoral college,” Pelosi responded.
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